Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology

Modern Origins

A North African Perspective

Editors: Hublin, Jean-Jacques, McPherron, Shannon (Eds.)

  • Integrating the North African record into the modern human origins debate
  • Looks at climate fluctuations and aridity in the African Sahara during this record
  • Includes interpretation of fossil material relating to the first evidence of modern morphology​
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About this book

Over the last decade, Africa has taken a central position in the search for the timing and mechanisms leading to modern human origins, and the rich archaeological and human paleontological record of North Africa is critical to this search.  In this volume, we bring together new research into the archaeology, human paleontology, chronology, and environmental context of modern human origins in North Africa.  The result is a volume that better integrates the North African record into the modern human origins debate and at the same time highlights the research questions that are currently the focus of continued work in the area.​

About the authors

Jean-Jacques, Hublin, Ph.D. is the founder of the Department of Human Evolution at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig (Germany). He is a leading researcher in paleoanthropology and is renowned worldwide for his work on the origin and evolution of the Neanderthals and anatomically modern humans. He extensively developed the use of virtual imaging in the study of fossil hominids and has led field operations in North Africa and Europe. Shannon P. McPherron is an archaeologist in the Department of Human Evolution at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. He has published extensively on stone tool technologies and on methods of excavation and analysis in archaeology. McPherron has excavated a number of Lower and Middle Paleolithic sites in France, Egypt, and Ethiopia. Currently the authors are excavating two sites in Morocco together.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • A Multiproxy Paleoclimate Reconstruction over the Last 250 kyr from Marine Sediments: The Northwest African Margin and the Western Mediterranean Sea

    Moreno, A.

    Pages 3-17

  • A Northeast Saharan Perspective on Environmental Variability in North Africa and its Implications for Modern Human Origins

    Larrasoaña, J. C.

    Pages 19-34

  • Spatial and Temporal Variation in the Nature of Pleistocene Pluvial Phase Environments Across North Africa

    Smith, J. R.

    Pages 35-47

  • The Faunal Context of Human Evolution in the Late Middle/Late Pleistocene of Northwestern Africa

    Geraads, D.

    Pages 49-60

  • New Data from the Site of Ifri n’Ammar (Morocco) and Some Remarks on the Chronometric Status of the Middle Paleolithic in the Maghreb

    Richter, D. (et al.)

    Pages 61-78

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Modern Origins
Book Subtitle
A North African Perspective
Editors
  • Jean-Jacques Hublin
  • Shannon McPherron
Series Title
Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-2929-2
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-2929-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-2928-5
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9924-0
Series ISSN
1877-9077
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 244
Number of Illustrations and Tables
76 b/w illustrations, 21 illustrations in colour
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